The Master Course trilogy is a life-transforming study organized in 365 daily lessons. To learn more about the books' contents, click here.
Himalayan Academy's Supervised Master Course Study is more than an intellectual learning of new information about Hindu philosophy and practice. Its primary focus is to practice the teachings throughout the day. As the lessons explain in detail, it is this practical application of the spiritual teachings that moves you forward on the path. This five-part, 15-month program is followed five days a week, Monday through Friday. The study workbook encourages you to "Perform every task in ways that it advances you spiritually."
When you order this supervised study, you will receive a set of PDF worksheets and supporting material. While studying the Master Course lessons and accompanying resources, you will be guided to perform and track your achievements in these practices:
- Doing each task well
- Observing the Pancha Nitya Karmas (virtuous living, worship, holy days, pilgrimage and sacraments)
- Taking opportunities to help others
- Developing 52 character qualities
- Performing Ganesha puja
- Attending temple puja in person or online
- Chanting Aum
- Utilizing affirmations
- Practicing hatha yoga
- Perfecting the preparation for meditation
- Living in the eternal now
- Worshiping Lord Ganesha during six common situations
- Performing exercises that claim your spiritual identity
You will also answer multiple-choice quizzes on the basics of Hindu philosophy and metaphysics. As you complete each worksheet, you will email it to Himalayan Academy.
The readings and some of these practices will take place during a daily vigil period--time set aside for your spiritual disciplines. Starting in Part Two, you will be asked to observe a half-hour vigil. Starting in Part Four, the vigil is one hour long.
The Master Course textbooks Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva can be read in print, online or in any of the available e-book formats on a computer or mobile device of your choosing, such as an iPad or Kindle. Living with Siva is not yet available in e-book format, however the other two are, at these links:
Merging with Siva
Dancing with Siva
This formal study program is open to those of any religion or spiritual background. Students are not required to make any commitments other than to themselves to do the daily readings, follow the specific practices to the best of their ability, and fill in the worksheets. It is our public service to help anyone who wants to learn about Saivite Hinduism and strengthen their spiritual life.
After completing the study program, those who wish to become a shishya (formal disciple) of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami in his Saiva Siddhanta Church continue their learning about our Church and make focused commitments, including taking vows. Read more about qualifying to enter Saiva Siddhanta Church.
Do you have questions before enrolling? Email us
Please note-- After you place your order, we manually create a new entry for you in our student database, and then send you a link to download the Supervised Study material. Please allow up to a week for us to accomplish this.